“ The lens one uses does matter. Which is why we’ve adopted the name ‘Afrika’ to express Afrika as seen from the ‘inside out’, viewed from the perspective of its own realities and aspirations. This distinguishes it from the more traditional notion of ‘Africa’ as viewed from the ‘outside in’. This is supported by the field of Afrikology, which argues that all languages from our continent spell Africa with a ‘k’ “, according to Aurecon.
One of EWB-SA's leading goals has always been to empower our student chapters through the Human Centered Design (HCD) workshops that EWB-SA student chapters attend on an annual basis. The HCD workshop is meant to educate EWB-SA student chapters and its members on how to design project solutions with a human centric approach.
Through the collaboration between Aurecon and EWB-SA, We were able to facilitate two HCD workshops for the Gauteng EWB-SA chapters. The first workshop was held on the 5th of May in Johannesburg for the University of Johannesburg and Witwatersrand University, and the second was held on the 12th of May for the University of Pretoria and TUT.
Aurecon’s design to innovate partner Wim van Schalkwyk and Mechanical Paul Ssali, presented the HCD workshops with an Afrikan Design Innovation theme (ADI). The ADI acknowledges that the continent's people and entrepreneurial promise are like none other globally; and it places them at the centre of the design process in order to create innovative solutions.
Ayanda Shongwe, an EWB-SA member said “ I loved the how the problem solving approached was presented with demonstrations given and especially the interactive approach taken where we got a chance to apply some of the concepts taught as we went along with the course”.
The workshops represent an intersection of EWB-SA’s goal to empower its student chapters with professional knowledge and Aurecon’s plans to impart knowledge of creative, innovative and human centric solutions to engineering students and student organizations.
This is just the beginning of a very fruitful partnership between Aurecon and EWB-SA. The workshops are planned to be hosted nationwide in 2019, across all the EWB-SA chapters.
Written by Paul Ssali and Ayanda Shongwe
Read our interview with Wim van Schalkwyk: People that Inspire: Wim van Schalkwyk